, Salem, MA

April 18, 2014


The Salem News

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A citizen turned in a lost pocketbook to the Salem Police Department at 2:05 p.m. after finding it at Boston and Watson streets. The Nine West leather pocketbook contained a pen.

Police responded to a past motor vehicle break at 2:42 p.m. The owner said sometime overnight someone entered his unlocked Chevrolet Impala and rummaged through the vehicle. The only item taken was a small, green cloth bag used to hold golf balls.

Police went to Symonds Street for a report of a dog bite at 4:23 p.m. A mother reported her 10-year-old son had been bitten in the left rear buttocks by the next door neighbor’s dog, and the bite broke the skin. The boy told police he was across the street when a black Labrador retriever named Roxy ran across the street and bit him. The mother brought the boy to Beverly Hospital to be checked out. Police spoke to the owner, and she believes a friend of her husband’s left the gate open. The dog is licensed in the city and is up-to-date on its shots. The animal control officer was notified.

Police recovered and safely disposed of a hypodermic needle in the vicinity of 309 Bridge St. at 6:36 p.m.

Police went to 12 School St., which had been boarded up after a recent house fire, on a report of a suspicious party near the building at 11:07 p.m. Police think it was a possible scrap metal theft. Witnesses from King’s Roast Beef said they heard noises coming from the rear of the building, then saw a man in dark clothes run to the back of the property with a handful of window screens, according to the log. The person ran onto Buffum Street Extension and then onto School Street to Tremont Street, dropping the screens on School Street while fleeing. Police spoke with two males in the area who stated they were simply out walking. Police took the five screens into evidence to dust them for prints.


Police responded to Salem Hospital, 55 Highland Ave., for a report of a motor-vehicle break-in. A woman told police she had parked her gray, 2014 Volkswagen Jetta at 3 p.m., and when she got off work at midnight, she found the front passenger side window had been smashed and the purse she had left on the front passenger seat to be missing. The brown leather backpack, valued at $250, contained a passport and driver’s license. Police advised her to watch her credit report and not leave valuables in her car.

The canvas top to a Jeep Wrangler SUV was reported slashed at 7:57 a.m. at the parking log at the Salem Heights apartment building at 12 Pope St. The damage happened sometime overnight.

At 11:30 a.m., a woman reported that someone used a cinder block to smash the passenger front window of her 2010 Toyota Highlander parked at Collins Middle School. Nothing appeared to be missing from the car.

Police took a report, using an interpreter, at Salem Heights apartments, 12 Pope St., at 12:46 p.m. that someone had entered an unlocked 1992 Lexus LS400 sedan and rummaged through the vehicle. There was no damage to the vehicle.

Police took a report at the station of identity theft from a resident at 2:27 p.m. The victim said that in September, he was approached by a well-dressed man who asked him if he needed a cellphone. The victim gave the man his personal information but never got a phone. Instead, the man is now receiving bills from Verizon in the amounts of $112.61, $45.63, $156 and $112.61 for four different numbers.

Rudy Arismendy Reyes, 20, of 11 Harbor St., Salem, was arrested at 3:16 p.m. and charged with driving with a suspended license after police saw him driving on Harbor Street. Police knew his license had been suspended. The arresting officers were Special Response Unit Patrolman Deni Gaito and Patrolman Thomas Pelletier.



Police took a report of a stolen cellphone from 17 Creek St. at 4:34 p.m. Matthew J. Pendola, 26, of 149 Park St., Beverly, was arrested and charged with larceny from a building.

Police took a report of an unwanted guest at 6:18 p.m. from 1 Columbus Ave. Police advised the person not to return to the area.


During radar enforcement, police issued 10 speeding tickets to vehicles at Hart Street and Dyer Road from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

A rocking chair was reported stolen from a truck at 187 Dodge St. at 1:10 p.m.

Police took a report of boy struck by a motor vehicle at 3:35 p.m. on Elliott St. Minor injuries were reported.



Patrolman Mark Falco documented a past burglary at 3:55 p.m. at an apartment on Sherman Street. More than $1,000 in jewelry, a camera and $300 in cash was taken.

Police responded to a fight in progress at Leather City Commons, 77 Lowell St. at 6:10 p.m. Joshua Good, who was 26 at time of the arrest — his birthday is today — of 246 Parkview Drive, Pawtucket, R.I., was arrested by Patrolman Justin Cecil and charged with driving with a suspended license, subsequent offense.

Police took a report of identity fraud. A resident reported that a Salem woman stole her Bank of America debit card information and used it to wire money to her boyfriend in jail. A total of $172.40 was stolen. Police documented the alleged theft at 6:26 p.m.

After he hit a “pedestrian walking” sign at the crosswalk near Sears at Northshore Mall, 210S Andover St., a motorist was stopped by police at 8:40 p.m. and warned against the practice of texting while driving.


Police responded to a report of a suspicious package in the vicinity of 20 Lowell St. and 2 Chestnut St. at 10:17 a.m. at the corner opposite City Hall. State police were contacted, and the bomb unit was to be dispatched. Lt. Scott Richards reported that UPS showed up and verified that the package was legitimate; it was found to be a heart monitor, police said. The package had been jammed into the UPS box and was found to be protruding from it. The state police response was canceled.

A caller from 85 Main St. reported at 10:20 a.m. that he had trapped a skunk. Police advised him he was responsible for removing it from the trap and setting it free. Police suggested he call Mass. Wildlife for tips on how to set it free without getting sprayed.

Police removed a syringe found at 98 Lake St. at Lindauer St. at 10:41 a.m.



Patrolman Eric Clarizia stopped a motor vehicle in the vicinity of 31 Maple St. at 5:25 p.m. and arrested Jennifer Barrett, 33, of 19 Bryant St., Salem, and charged her with unlicensed operation and driving without a registration in her possession.


Patrolmen Christopher Gaffney and Justin Ellenton made a drunken-driving arrest at 12:36 a.m. on Andover Street and Route 95. Jessica Rose Lamie, 42, of 2435 Founders Way, Saugus, was charged with drunken driving, first offense.

Christopher Amado, 27, of 27 Pulaski St., Peabody, was arrested by Patrolman Michael Balsley at 6:44 p.m. in the vicinity of Dunkin’ Donuts at 135 Andover St. and charged with driving with a suspended license and with an altered exhaust.

Kelly McGovern, 45, 198 Washington St., Peabody, was arrested by Patrolman John Melto at 3:49 p.m. in the vicinity of Panera Bread at Liberty Tree Mall, 100 Independence Way, and charged with drunken driving, second offense. Melto had responded to a report of an accident with no personal injury involved.



Police received a report of a dog hit by a motor vehicle in the vicinity of 65 Essex St. at 6:34 a.m. Parties had left the scene by the time police arrived.

Police stopped a vehicle on Danvers Road at 12:12 p.m. for having a revoked registration and an insurance cancellation. Police found that the driver had a suspended license and three warrants. The registered owner of the vehicle was mailed a citation for allowing an unregistered vehicle on a public way and allowing someone without a license to drive it. Nelson Torres, 29, of 17 Highland Ave., Lynn, was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, subsequent offense, driving a vehicle with a revoked registration, driving with an uninsured trailer and driving an unregistered motor vehicle. The warrant charges were traffic related. Patrolman Michael Frayler was the arresting officer.